Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Daniel Wise to return for redshirt senior season at Kansas

DT and captain won't enter draft

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2), Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) and Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) celebrate after Armstrong sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2), Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) and Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) celebrate after Armstrong sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.


The University of Kansas football team will only lose one half of its imposing defensive line duo heading into the 2018 season.

Six days after defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. announced he would skip his senior season at KU in order to enter the NFL Draft, defensive tackle Daniel Wise reached his decision, opting to finish out his college career with the Jayhwaks.

In a tweet hinting at that conclusion Wednesday night, Wise posted a photo of himself wearing his No. 96 jersey and huddled up with his defensive teammates, along with a two-word message: “unfinished business.”

A KU football official confirmed with Wise that his Twitter post indeed meant he will return to Kansas for his redshirt senior year.

HIs final verdict came five days before the NFL’s Jan. 15 deadline for college underclassmen to apply for special early eligibility.

Though his impressive 2017 season wasn’t enough to propel Kansas (1-11) to a successful year, Wise was named a first-team All-Big 12 defensive lineman by conference coaches and elected to the second team by the Associated Press.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound interior lineman from Lewisville, Texas, delivered 53 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and five quarterback hurries.

While KU will miss Armstrong on the edge, the return of Wise means the Jayhawks lose one impact defensive lineman and captain instead of two. Plus, it puts the defense in position to have the majority of its starting lineup back in place for 2018.

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Thomas Michaud 4 years, 11 months ago

After coming back to the site over and over to see if there was any news about Preston and Sousa, it was good to see this news for KU football. Hopefully this will be a Wise decision (ah, I see what I did there) and help Daniel's draft stock for next year -- just hope coaching makes it a success on the field too.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 11 months ago

This is huge for the defense next season.

Maria Ungaro 4 years, 11 months ago

Great Decision Daniel Wise..... Hell Ya.......

I can see this 2018 team going to a Bowl game and Wise being a huge part of that success. Take another year to get bigger, stronger, and faster. Hit that Senior Bowl and NFL Combine to get a shot at being a first / second round pick.

Great News....

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!!!!!

[''] 4 years, 11 months ago

Awesome. Now instead of being ranked 115th in total defense with Wise & Armstrong we'll be ranked 129th with just Wise.

Jack Joiner 4 years, 11 months ago

Great news! What great family advice he got from his family, whatever it was.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 11 months ago

Whatever problems our football team had this year, this dude wasn't one of them. He's a player! Glad he's back...

Mike Bennett 4 years, 11 months ago

Agree, he's a good player. The only player good enough on our defense to see major minutes at most other Big XII schools. Too bad he's a lone wolf.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 11 months ago

False, Mike Lee and Joe Dineen would start for most other programs as well.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully, Azur Kamara can be the edge rusher we lost in Armstrong, and the others can continue to develop while being bolster by the other new Jayhawks. If the linebackers can remain at least steady, the DB's have the potential for an almost total makeover with Harris and the Jayhawk DBs resulting a significantly better D.

It's possible.

Blake Phillips 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not optimistic at KU football for 2018. However, three returning players on defense (Wise, Dineen, Lee) & on offense (Bender, Sims, Stanley) I refuse to mention the other players because no names jumped out at me during the past season, but with the incoming class and a few players returning (Herbert, Ribordy, Defense, Williams, Mayberry, Starks, Martin, Fairs, Schadler, Rui, Booker, Harrell, Bragg, Baldwin....hopefully, Charlot...... hopefully,

The reality is this: Just because players are seemingly decent on KU (bad team) doesn't mean they're good players. The Corlionne Harris's of the world & Azur Kamaras' - next season is a good example of how important coaches are in the game of football. -- David Beaty will have a practically full-returning team with additives (minus Armstrong). If he cant win 5 games with that "supposed" fan base loving roster who he's been with for three years...... he aint the man for the job. Plain & simple.

Michael Maris 4 years, 11 months ago

Your post is hard to argue with. Basically, the Jayhawk's football roster is pretty much all Beaty and Staff's recruits. And, the staff will be in their 4th year. Sure, there's been some coaching staff turnover. But, Beaty, Bowen, OL Coach have been here the entire time. In 2018, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and "Earn It".

Brian Wilson 4 years, 11 months ago

Almost correct. But......Beatty recruited 25 walk-ons his first year. Half of which over the course of the past three years were provided scholarships. But, next year's Junior class is big and most have been around for 3 years. Those players should be physically prepared and know most of the system.

This biggest issue with bringing in so many Juco's is knowledge of their position in the system. Example....learning 200+ plays at Offensive Right guard and knowing their responsibitity against,.......the 3-4, 4-3, nickel, dime, 7 man front, 6-1, the 38, the 46, not to mention other defenses is not easy......and then the coach switches you to the Left guard after practice Right friggn way!! The best thing a coach can do is to recruit players at a specific spot and leave them their all four years. A luxury KU does not have.....but places like Alabama and Georgia can do.

Mike Bennett 4 years, 11 months ago

I guess I'm glad he came back if it's best for him personally.. He's a great player on a really bad team led by 2 inept leaders; Beaty and Bowen. Hope he can improve his stock to be a first round pick. Hope he didn't come back to try and single handedly raise the talent level of this team.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 11 months ago

Just a question. Has any player drafted in the NFL and in the first round ever played on a team as horrible as KU? Now I know that good players play on bad teams but Wise doesn't seem to dominate at his position. Now if he played on Alabama's d-line he might look better than he is because all the players on the d-line are four or five star players or all-conference. If Wise can dominate his position playing around other average players on the KU defensive line and dominate then yes I see him as a first-round pick.

Gunnar Hays 4 years, 11 months ago

The only name that comes to mind off the top of my head is Khalil Mack for Oakland. He played for Buffalo in college and while they weren't as bad in terms of Wins/Losses, they have mostly been an average MAC team since joining the FBS. He was a top 10 overall pick and has done well for the Raiders.

The thing is that now where you go in the draft isn't all dependent on where you played and how you were in college. Heck, the first QB taken last year only started something like 13 games in his whole college career. Guys in Wise's position may not rack up great stats because they are such a point of focus for opposing teams, but if they have the right size and skill set they will get drafted high because of potential and ability to adapt to the NFL.

John Brazelton 4 years, 11 months ago

KU's ability to win next season will depend upon the ability of the offensive line to play Big 12 quality football and to find three backups, the most important will be the back-up center. Bender had shown that if he can trust his offensive line to pass block, he can put up big time passing numbers. But he needs receivers like Fears who aren't afraid of going up and attacking the ball in mid-air and hanging on to it. The defense should be much better than last year's defense due to experienced DBs. If KU's seniors and juniors are tired of losing, hopefully we will get some pre-conference wins and not wait until mid-season to get our act together. The coaches can help by getting out of the way and not making stupid decisions during games.

Brian Wilson 4 years, 11 months ago

Good points!!! And.....I'm still not sure why KU hasn't recruited very many for the OL this year..

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 11 months ago

I was fortunate to spend a few minutes visiting with Daniel at a local restaurant. He is a very well mannered young man. Just a real pleasure to visit with. My only reservation from that visit was what his actual weight was. If he is 290, he carries it very well. Good young man. Will be a big help to our defense. We know this kid can play.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 11 months ago

This is also a good argument for high school recruits over juco players. Wise had 4 years to develop and gain experience for KU, now in his 5th year he has the experience, leadership and training to hopefullymake a big difference this team. I believe no matter high school recruit or juco the difference in speed of the game, the size of the players, step up in competition and the different schemes not seen in hs or jc leaves a player with a steep learning curve. Id rather have a hs recruit 5 possibly 5 years to grow and learn.2 years just isn't enough time for some players.

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